The second-year guard Douglas also tied the franchise’s individual three-point record, his ninth successful shot landing with 17 seconds to play and handing the Knicks (35-32) their record-setting 20th for the night.
“The dude at the scorer’s table just said, ‘Hit one more three.’ I was like, ‘Huh?’ I didn’t really realize it would tie the (individual) record,” Douglas told reporters.
“He just said to hit one more three, but I didn’t really pay any mind. I was just playing my game and taking what the defense gave me.”
Douglas’s shooting masterclass allowed the Knicks to hold on to sixth place in the Eastern Conference with a half-game lead over the .
added 28 points while Chauncey Billups finished with 18 points and eight assists for New York in his best performance since returning from a thigh injury earlier this week. The Grizzlies (37-32) trailed for most of the match and fell 18 behind after three quarters as their hold on the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference was trimmed to just one game. Mike Conley scored 16 points and had six assists. Zach Randolph put in 14 in the loss, Memphis’s third in four games.
New York shot seven three-pointers in the third quarter to keep the Grizzlies at bay.
“We tried to play zone and we tried to go a little smaller, but they’re a very talented team and nothing worked for us the two times that we played them,” said Memphis coach Lionel Hollins.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner; Editing by Ian Ransom)